Jomic looks to Rwanda


A DELEGATION comprising members of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) left Harare early last week on a 10-day tour of two troubled East African countries — Rwanda and Kenya — to study their post-war peace and reconciliation initiatives.


According to a Jomic itinerary shown to NewsDay over the weekend, the team — comprising an unknown number of Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC representatives — toured Kenya between November 18-21, Rwanda (November 22-23) before winding off the tour with a visit to South Africa today and tomorrow.

The team is expected back in the country tomorrow.

“Jomic will learn from the experiences of those countries that it is possible to work together after problems of conflict and learn what strategies they undertook,” read a Jomic statement of the tour.

“Those lessons will be a key lesson as Zimbabweans chart their own future.

“In addition, Jomic members would like to learn how their counterparts have dealt with issues around the media, land, new constitution and referendum as well as elections.”

Rwanda experienced genocide in 1994 that left over 800 000 civilians dead while Kenya experienced violent post-election uprisings in 2008, resulting in the formation of a unity government.

South Africa formed a peace and reconciliation commission following the end of apartheid rule in 1994.

Jomic was formed to monitor implementation of the provisions of the Global Political Agreement signed by President Robert Mugabe (Zanu PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (Zanu PF) and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara (MDC) following the formation of the unity government in 2009.

However, analysts have dismissed Jomic as ineffective and inadequately resourced to carry out its mandate.